Week 2

Bread Making + GMOs

Bread making + GMOs

 

In this blog I will be covering the process of my first time making bread. The ingredients I used are as follows: bread flour, dry active yeast, brown sugar, and water. I chose to not use salt because I planned to dress the bread with salted butter. 

 

Bread Making + GMOs

Bread making + GMOs

 

In this blog I will be covering the process of my first time making bread. The ingredients I used are as follows: bread flour, dry active yeast, brown sugar, and water. I chose to not use salt because I planned to dress the bread with salted butter. 

 

First time making bread + Hunger

This week, we watched videos showing the traditional way of making bread. I have never baked one myself but my mom used to bake Hong Kong-style sausage buns, which is similar to hot dogs, for me and my younger sister for breakfast when I was in high school. I guess it’s more a Hong Kong local thing. Therefore, I was very curious about how my bread would turn out during the class.

Deforestation and Pencils

After last week's lecture, I learned a lot of surprising facts about pencils; a seemingly insignificant object from my daily life that turns out to have a rich history. When we were told that we would never view pencils the same way ever again I was skeptical at first but quickly came to understand. The sheer number of resources that are collected annually to make this little writing utensil is beyond my imagination. In class I learned that 8 million trees are cut down per year.

My Childhood

I enjoy watching "How It's Made" videos so I thought the video about pencil production was very interesting. I did feel bad a couple of times throughout the lecture since I was really wasteful as a kid. I remember snapping pencils in half so it would become really small and then sharpening it until it was sharp enough to stab someone. I really liked the sharpened grooves on IKEA's pencils so I remember I would grab them all and stuff them in my mom's bag.

Air & pollution

The Designer Behind Smog Diamonds Wants To Bring To Beijing A ...Designed by Dutch company Studio Roosegaard, the Smog Free Tower is a 7 m tall and 3.5 m thick outdoor air purifier. It was presented as a potential solution to air pollution in urban spaces and brought to life via a Kickstarter campaign in September 2015.

Pencils Continued: Pencil Art in Advertisements

            I came across an advertisement today and it reminded me about our discussion of pencils, therefore I wanted to expand upon the Tuesday blog posting I originally made regarding this topic. The ad was a sponsored post on Instagram by the agency Ogilvy and Mather that promoted Faber-Castell's, a stationary supply store, top of the line artist pencils.

(Carbon) Carbon Nanotubes and Vaccines

            This past week we discussed carbon, air, and pollution. Jodi, Dario, and I were paired in the carbon group and decided in light of the coronavirus pandemic that we wanted to focus on creating a filter that was accessible and useful to the public. The end goal behind this mask would be to filter out processed carbon that is capable of carrying virus particulates that infect the population. A diagram of our proposal can be shown below:

How Long CORONA-19 Can Stay in the Air

As Coronavirus 19 becomes severe, a whole world is under a state of emergency. About one million eight hundred thousand cases of Coronavirus are shown and one hundred thousand deaths are reported. W.H.O declares COVID-19 as the pandemic and warns people for their safety. Due to this circumstance, most schools are remotely instructed as well as restaurants and other public services are closed. “Social distancing” is emphasized by the government.

(Air) How MIT & Stanford Are Creating Life

As many of you may know, ventilators are in high demand in most parts of the world. There are both issues with the number of ventilators available to health care providers, but also with the number of ventilators that are operational. Severe cases of COVID 19 are almost requiring patients to use ventilators which could be problematic if we do not have the proper supplies.

[POLLUTION] Pollution is decreasing. But will it LAST?

As more cities undergo lockdown, and people actively take part in social distancing measures, many countries and its cities have reported a significant decrease in pollution. Of course, this all sounds good on the surface, especially since air pollution is linked to higher COVID-19 death rates. However, I couldn't help but think that the effects might be temporary. After things start to slowly come back to normal, would the pollution come back as well? 

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